The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to
the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Hughes, Ted
Edward James Hughes, O.M., (b. August 17, 1930 – d. October 28, 1998)
was an English poet and children's writer. He is considered by many to be one of the
best poets of his generation. Hughes was a Poet Laureate.
Hughes was born in 1930 and raised in West and South Yorkshire. Hughes schooled at
Mexborough Grammar School, then went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he
studied English, anthropology and archaeology.
Hughes' poetic work is rooted in a deep love of raw nature and the landscape and, in particular, the
ways of wild animals. His later work is deeply rooted in myth and the bardic tradition.
Hughes' first collection, Hawk in the Rain (1957) attracted considerable critical acclaim.
In 1959 he won the Galbraith Prize. He worked woth photographer Fay Godwin
on Elmet, which is best seen in the expanded 1994 edition.
In 1992 he published his book-length analysis of deep mythic themes in Shakespeare
as Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being.
Hughes died in 1998. His funeral was held at North Tawton church,
and he was cremated at Exeter, with his ashes scattered on Dartmoor (by special Royal permission).
In addition to poetry, Hughes wrote children's books such as The Iron Man.
He also created poetry books especially for children, such as Season Songs.
Hughes was appointed as Poet Laureate in 1984 following the death of
Sir John Betjeman. Hughes served in this position until his death in 1998.
His definitive 1333-page Collected Poems (Faber & Faber) appeared in 2003, although
a few unknown poems have since come to light.